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How long must we wait for degrees?

Published:Saturday | January 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

In the latter part of last year (2014), the Ministry of Education, the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Teachers' Colleges of Jamaica (TCJ) signed a memorandum of understanding, which gave the UWI the right to grant the Bachelor of Education degrees pursued by students at teachers' colleges.

History was created on November 8, 2015, when TCJ and UWI presented their first batch of graduates. To date, however, the canisters are still empty as we are yet to receive our actual degrees.

The Advanced Standing/Credit Programme, originally offered solely by TCJ, affords holders of a Diploma in Education, an upgrade to the Bachelor of Education, by completing 45 credits. When the MoU was signed by the aforementioned bodies, an additional 15 credits were added to the programme by UWI. Students who thought they had completed the programme had to return to their respective colleges to complete the extra credits. I successfully completed the additional credits in January 2015.

My greatest issue now is that no one seems to know when the degrees will be printed and distributed. I have called and written to my college, and to the Joint Board of Teacher Education, to obtain a set date for when my degree will be made available, however, both bodies have failed to deliver.

As an individual who is determined to make a better life for myself and my family, I have to, once again, put my plans on hold as I would have had to turn down better job opportunities, and even the opportunity to pursue further studies.

My question is, shall we continue to wait until eternity for these degrees?

Keriffe Clark